[1:00 PM] Blackhawks @ Flyers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Chicago Blackhawks (16-6-3)

@ Philadelphia Flyers (12-10-3)


Starting Goalies:

Corey Crawford(CHI): Confirmed

Steve Mason(PHI): Unconfirmed


The Philadelphia Flyers have dominated the Chicago Blackhawks at home since opening the doors to the Wells Fargo Center. After falling short in a contest in the building’s first season (1996-97), the Flyers vie for their 13th straight home regular-season win over the Blackhawks when the clubs meet on Saturday afternoon.

Chicago has opted to take a cautious approach with the ailing back of captain Jonathan Toews, who will miss his fifth straight game on Saturday. Toews likely is headed to injured reserve to free up a roster spot for defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who has been sidelined six weeks while rehabbing an apparent shoulder injury.

Perhaps the sight of the Blackhawks can spur on struggling Matt Read, who tallied twice in the first meeting but has just three points – all assists – in his last 13 games overall. Fellow forward Jakub Voracek hasn’t been shy about contributing on the offensive end, capping a two-assist performance by setting up Giroux on the winning goal on Thursday as the Flyers matched a season high with the third straight victory. Voracek, who has one goal and four assists in the past three games, set up a pair of tallies in the first meeting with Chicago to increase his point total to 19 (five goals, 14 assists) in 25 career encounters.

Reigning Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane, who has tormented Philadelphia since netting the 2010 Stanley Cup-clinching goal, recorded a four-point performance (one goal, three assists) in the first meeting this season.

The Flyers have scored first in just nine of 25 games this season.

The Blackhawks are 1-for-18 on the power play in their last eight games.


StreakSmarts Pick: Chicago Blackhawks

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick